Time for Twos – 1/29/15 – Families

This week we are talking about families.  By this time, your child understands the concept of “family” very well, but around this time, some families start to change (usually when a new baby joins the family).  So we will explore how a toddler is different from a baby.  Two-year-olds love to see themselves as “big” – so whether they are a big sibling or saying goodbye to diapers, twos can assert how much they have grown.  Of course, as big as they think they have become (and no matter how big they may look next to a newborn baby), twos are still very young, and need just as many cuddles and snuggles as they did as a baby!

Our Books:

     My Baby & Me (Reiser) – Story told from the point-of-view of an older toddler, comparing and contrasting babies and toddlers/preschoolers.

      Mommy, Carry Me Please! (Cabrera) – This book features mother-child relationships between a number of different animals, ending with a human child and mother.  If you haven’t already, put Jane Cabrera on your list of must-read authors for your little one!

Song – Where is Thumbkin?

This song is a classic!  We’ll replace the names of the fingers with the names of family members.

Try at Home:

Head over to my Pinterest page for this week’s extension activities.  I love these adorable family member stick puppets.  I’d love them even more if photographs were used for the faces!  Let me know what you try!

A stick puppet family - so easy to personalize to go with your family.  You could even use photographs for the faces!

Lapsit Storytime – 1/29/15 – Families

This week we are talking about something close to every baby’s heart – family!  Family is everything to a little one – caretaker, personal chef, chauffeur, playmate, friend, comforter, doctor, and more.  It’s likely that some of your little one’s first words will center on family members – MaMa, DaDa, or even a sibling’s name.  Families are important, and each family is unique!

Our Books:

     The Family Book (Parr) – A celebration of all types of families, with bold illustrations typical of Todd Parr’s inclusive books.

  How Do You Make A Baby Smile? (Sturges) – Animals named after family members try to make the baby laugh, which Big Sister finally achieves.  Told in a charming rhyming text.

Bounce Rhyme – Did You Ever See A Baby?

To the tune of “Did You Ever See A Lassie?”

Did you ever see a baby,
a baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby,
go this way and that?
Go this way, and that way,
And this way, and that way?
Did you ever see a baby,
Go this way and that?

Nursery Rhyme – Jack and Jill

I have always assumed that Jack and Jill were brother and sister, so they are fun addition to our storytime this week.

Try at Home:

Head over to my Pinterest page for this week’s extension activities.  The one I love for babies is family magnets!  Turn photographs of family members into magnets for your kitchen – what a fun way to “visit” with family (especially if they are long distance) every day!

These magnets are such fun!  And are a perfect way to let your little one "see" family members every day!

Family Storytime – 1/28/15 – Families

Tonight we are reading books all about families – which is PERFECT for Family Storytime!

Our Books:

     The Great Big Book of Families (Hoffman) – A diverse celebration of families.  We won’t read this whole book, but will use it as a springboard for discussing that each person’s family is unique and special.

     Llama Llama Misses Mama (Dewdney) – Llama is worried about leaving his mom for his first day of preschool, but soon learns that he can have fun at school while waiting for mom to return.

     Knuffle Bunny (Willems) – Chaos ensues when Knuffle Bunny is left at the laundromat, but the family works together to solve the problem.  The combination of photographs and illustrations is charming, and Willems is a master of storytelling from a child’s point of view.

No storytime about families would be complete without singing “Where is Thumbkin?”

Try it at home:

My Pinterest page has a bunch of fun family activities pinned.  I love the idea of having a “Date Night” with your kids – if you try it, let me know what you did!

Preschool Storytime – Penguins

Welcome back everyone! This week it’s cold and snowy so I thought it was appropriate to do a storytime about penguins.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here Today – Hap Palmer

Book – If You Were a Penguin – by Wendell Minor – Pictures and rhyming text presents some of the many extraordinary things penguins can do.  The story also includes some fun facts about penguins as well as related websites.

Fingerplay – “Five Perky Penguins”
Five perky penguins stood on the shore
One went for a swim and then there were four.
Four perky penguins looked out to sea
One went swimming and then there were three.
Three perky penguins said,”What can we do?”
One jumped in the water and then there were two.
Two perky penguins sat in the sun.
One swam off and then there was one.
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!”
He dived in to the water and then there were none.



Book – Where Is Home, Little Pip? – by Karma Wilson – After Little Pip the penguin gets lost, she meets a whale, a Kelp Gull, and sled dogs who cannot help, but the aid of her family’s song, home finds her.


Flannelboard – “Five Little Penguins”

One baby penguin makes a wish.
(Hold up 1 finger and point up)

Two baby penguins catch a fish.
(Hold up 2 fingers and clap hands)

Three baby penguins slip & slide.
(Hold up 3 fingers and slide feet back and forth)

Four baby penguins run & hide.
(Hold up 4 fingers and run in place)

Five baby penguins look around, calling “Mamma! Mamma! Mamma!”
(Hold up 5 fingers and Shade eyes with hand)

Now they are found.



Book – Sergio Makes a Splash! – by Edel Rodriguez – Even though he loves water, Sergio the penguin is afraid to swim in the deep water until he learns how.

Song – “Did You Ever See a Penguin?”

Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?
Waddle this way and that way, waddle this way and that way
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?
Credit: Childhood


Book – Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere – by Bob Barner – Penguins sliding on their tummies and swimming in the sea! Penguins cuddling for warmth and hiding in the shade! A wide variety of these irresistibly charming animals from climates warm and cold dance across the pages of this book.

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!

Book – Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice – by Steve Metzger – A counting book in which one by one the little penguins fall and hurt themselves, to the dismay of their mother and doctor.

Closing Song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

– Miss Ellen

Time for Twos – 1/22/15 – Under the Sea!

The weather may be cold above ground, but it’s delightful UNDER THE SEA!

Toddlers and preschoolers love all kinds of animals, but there is something almost magical about animals that live under the water!

Our Books:

     Secret Seahorse (Blackstone) – Beautiful fabric illustrations accompany a charming rhyming story of a seahorse’s day under the sea.  Toddlers will enjoy finding the hidden seahorse on each page.

     Hooray for Fish! (Cousins) – Little fish takes the reader on an undersea tour.  Bright, vivid illustrations and a story told in rhyme make this book enjoyable.

Action Rhyme – All of the Fish Swimming in the Water

All of the fish are swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.
All of the fish are swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble – SPLASH!

Other verses – Great Big Fish, Little Bitty Fish, Very Fast Fish, Really Slow Fish, etc.

Activity – Mommy & Baby Matching Game

We’ll be using one of my felt boards to match baby fish to their mommies.  Matching games are great for toddlers.  This particular game will match colors.  To reinforce this concept at home, try printing out this cute Mommy & Baby Farm Animal game.  Be sure to play with your child – go over animal sounds, vocabulary (naming the animals), and talk about how the animals are alike or different.  These are all great early literacy skills!

Try at home:

As always, my Pinterest page offers lots of ideas for extension activities all about fish and other creatures who live under the sea.  Give some a try, like this fishing game for toddlers:

DIY toddler fishing game

Lapsit Storytime – 1/22/15 – Fishy Fun!

This week we are having some FISHY FUN!  Babies love all types of animals, and fish are no exception (as I am sure you all have noticed when your little one sees the fish tank in the Children’s Room!).  Learning about our under-sea friends is a great way to help expand your baby’s vocabulary.  Teach them the names of the different creatures: fish, lobster, octopus, crab, etc.

Our books:

   Fish Wish (Barner) – A young boy wishes he could voyage underwater to a coral reef.

     Hooray for Fish (Cousins) – Swim along with Little Fish to meet a variety of underwater friends.  Told in rhyme, this book will introduce many vocabulary words to little ones.  The bold and colorful illustrations will capture little one’s attention.

Nursery/Bounce Rhyme – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Once I Caught A Fish Alive)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Once I caught a fish alive.
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.

Song – Have You Ever Seen a Fishy?

To the tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”

Have you ever seen a fishy,
A fishy, a fishy,
Have you ever seen a fishy,
Swim this way and that?

Swim this way and that way,
And that way and this way.
Have you ever seen a fishy,
Swim this way and that?

Visit my Pinterest page for lots of fish-inspired crafts and activities, including this adorable sensory activity for babies:

Tactile ocean bag for the world ocean's day. Toddlers and preschoolers will simply be in love with it!

Preschool Storytime -Wednesday January 21, 2015- Cats

Welcome back everyone! This week’s theme is Cats.

Welcome Song – So Happy You’re Here – Hap Palmer

Book – Grumpy Cat – By Britta Teckentrup -Grumpy Cat likes to be left alone — or so he thinks…

Action Rhyme – Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens, sleeping on a chair.
One rolled off, leaving four there.
Four little kittens, one climbed a tree
To look in a bird’s nest; then there were three.
Three little kittens, wondered what to do.
One saw a mouse; then there were two.
Two little kittens, playing near a wall.
One little kitten chased a red ball.
One little kitten, with fur soft as silk,
Left all alone to drink a dish of milk.

Credit – http://petcaretips.net/rhymes_about_cats.html

Flannelboard – Three Little Kittens

Three little kittens,
They lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear,
We sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost.
What! Lost your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
You shall have no pie.

The three little kittens,
They found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear,
See here, see here,
Our mittens we have found.
What! Found your mittens,
You darling kittens!
Then you shall have some pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
You shall have some pie.

The three little kittens,
Put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;
Oh, mother dear,
We greatly fear
Our mittens we have soiled.
What! Soiled your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
They began to sigh.

The three little kittens,
They washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
Oh mother dear,
Look here, look here,
Our mittens we have washed.
What! Washed your mittens,
You’re such good kittens.
I smell a rat close by!
Hush! Hush! Hush! Hush!
Hush! Hush! Hush!
I smell a rat close by.

Book – Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin- Pete the Cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
Action Rhyme- “Five Little Kittens”
One, two, three, four, five (show the count with your fingers)
Five little kittens standing in a row.
The nod their heads to the children, so. (bend fingers like you’re nodding)
They run to the left. (wiggle fingers to left)
They run to the right. (wiggle fingers to right)
They stand and stretch in the bright sunlight. (stretch fingers wide)
Along comes a dog (move other hand close to fingers) Looking for some fun.
See those kittens run! (hand goes behind back)
Book – Meow: A Day in the Life of Cats – Judy Reinen – Pictures show cats in all sorts of human activities, from eating breakfast and taking a bath to going to school and reading a bedtime story.

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”
If you’re a kitty and you know it, say meow.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, say meow.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, say meow.
Lick your paws, show your claws, swish your tail, do all four.

Credit – https://librarianjenna.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/storytime-cats/

Closing Song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer


-Miss Ellen